Minimum Wage Requirements by State

United States Minimum Wage 2016

Updated July 11, 2019

This blog post is written for American businesses. If you run a Canadian company, click here for a list of Minimum Wage Requirements in Canada.

Minimum wage is the lowest hourly pay rate that an employer can pay an employee.

In the United States, the federal government issues a nationwide minimum wage. The current federal minimum is $7.25/hour, and generally, all states must pay no less than the statutory minimum wage.

Each state is able to set their own minimum wage as long as it is above the federal minimum. Currently, many of them have done so.

American employers are required to pay employees, at least, the minimum wage set by their state. It is the employer’s responsibility to adhere to the minimum wage requirements of their state or the federal minimum when applicable.

Service and hospitality workers who are tipped employees have their own minimum cash wage requirements, including a federal minimum of $2.13/hour. In turn, their tips make up the balance toward minimum wage or above.

 To check out the most current wage rates, here's the DOL webpage. Each state is also linked to its wage and hour information. 

State

Minimum Wage

Planned
Increases

 Alabama

$7.25 

Alabama has no state minimum wage law. 

 Alaska

$9.89

January 1 each year 

 Arizona

$11.00

$12.00 January 1, 2020

January 1 each year

 Arkansas

$9.25 (for employers with 4 or more employees)

$10.00 January 1, 2020

$11.00 January 1, 2021

 California

$11.00 (25 or fewer employees)

$12.00 (26 or more employees)

(Several cities also have their own minimum wage laws)

$12.00/$13.00 January 1, 2020 (25 or less employees/26 or more employees)

$13.00/$14.00 January 1, 2021

$14.00/$15.00 January 1, 2022

$15.00/$15.00 January 1, 2023

 Colorado

$11.10

$12.00 January 1, 2020

January 1 every year

 Connecticut

$10.10

 

 Delaware

$8.75

$9.25 January 1, 2020

Washington D.C.

$14.00

$15.00 July 1, 2020

 Florida

$8.46

January 1 each year

 Georgia

$7.25 

($5.15 for employees not covered under FLSA)

 

 

 Hawaii

$10.10

 

 Idaho

$7.25

 

 Illinois

$8.25

 

 Indiana

$7.25

 

 Iowa

$7.25

 

 Kansas

$7.25

 

 Kentucky

$7.25

 

 Louisiana

$7.25 

 

 Maine

$11.00

$12.00 January 1, 2020

 Maryland

$10.10

 

 Massachusetts

$12.00

$12.75 January 1, 2020

$13.50 January 1, 2021

$14.25 January 1, 2022

$15.00 January 1, 2023

 Michigan

$9.25

$9.45 April 1, 2019
$9.65 January 1, 2020
$9.87 January 1, 2021
$10.10 January 1, 2022
$10.33 January 1, 2023
$10.56 January 1, 2024
$10.80 January 1, 2025
$11.04 January 1, 2026
$11.29 January 1, 2027
$11.54 January 1, 2028
$11.79January 1, 2029
$12.05 January 1, 2030

 Minnesota

$9.86

($7.75 for employees with >$500,000 in annual sales volume)

January 1 every year

 Mississippi

$7.25 

 

 Missouri*

$8.60

$9.45 January 1, 2020

$10.30 January 1, 2021

$11.15 January 1, 2022

$12.00 January 1, 2023

 Montana

$8.50

($4.00 for Employers grossing >$110,000 in gross annual sales and not covered by FLSA)

January 1 every year

 Nebraska

$9.00

 

 Nevada

$8.25

($7.25 if the firm provides health insurance)

 

New Hampshire**

$7.25 

 

 New Jersey

$8.85

January 1 every year

 New Mexico

$7.50

 

 New York

$11.10

$11.80 December 31, 2019

$12.50 December 31, 2020

 North Carolina

$7.25

 

 North Dakota

$7.25

 

 Ohio

$8.55

January 1 every year

 Oklahoma***

$7.25

($2.00 if a company has >10 employees or grosses >$100,000 in sales)

 

 Oregon

$11.25

$12.00 July 1, 2020

$12.75 July 1, 2021

$13.50 July 1, 2022

 Pennsylvania

$7.25

 

 Rhode Island

$10.50

 

 South Carolina

$7.25 

 

 South Dakota

$9.10

January 1 every year

 Tennessee

$7.25 

 

 Texas

$7.25

 

 Utah

$7.25

 

 Vermont

$10.78

 January 1 every year

 Virginia

$7.25

 

 Washington

$12.00

$13.50 January 1, 2020

 West Virginia

$8.75

 

 Wisconsin

$7.25

 

 Wyoming

$7.25

 

*Missouri - The minimum wage requirements do not apply for federally covered employment, and the law exempts employees of a retail or service business grossing less than $500,000.

**New Hampshire – The minimum wage requirements do not apply to employees engaged in household labor, domestic labor, farm labor, outside sales representatives, summer camps for minors, newspaper carriers, non-professional ski patrol and golf caddies.

***Oklahoma – "The law defines an “employer” as having ten or more full-time workers in one place OR more than $100,000 of business a year." If you do not meet these requirements you fall under the $2.00/hour minimum wage. The $2.00 minimum wage also applies to full-time students.

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